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You’re An Adult But You Ain’t Grown: Things You Learn After High School

April 29th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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They say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and this is even more true when you graduate from high school.  Whether you go to college, join the armed forces, or get a full time job, there are things that life will teach you that you didn’t have to know in high school.

Here’s a list of these things and if you feel like you have any other information to add, let’s share this wealth of knowledge with the younger generation in the comment section.

A Misspelled Sign May Have Cost A High School Principal Her Job

December 19th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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misspelled signPublic School Number 20 in New Jersey put up a message for students outside of the school. Problem was it contained a few misspellings. December was spelled “Dicember.” Report was spelled “Reepor.” And a “1” was placed backwards.

These errors might have cost the school’s principal her job. After the misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside the high school, the principal was reassigned.

According to school officials, the lettering “was placed by a custodian and the sign was near an entrance not normally used by staff.” The school later corrected it, but not before photos of the sign hit social media.

The misspellings angered of school Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook, reports Yahoo.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” Teague told CBS New York. “I thought it was Photoshopped or something.”

When he realized it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook and wrote: “How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the administration can’t? We must be held to a higher standard.”

The mistake was costly to the school’s principal. Not only Antoinette Young reassigned to a different school but she was demoted to vice principal.

“The school district did not disclose the reason for her demotion, but according to, Young was already under review for unrelated performance issues,” reports the Post.

Young, who is still listed as principal on the school’s website, did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

9 Things that High School Doesn’t Teach You

May 28th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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For those who just graduated, or are about to graduate high school, congratulations!  You’ve made it through the entity that is high school, and whether you’re about to go off to college, enter the work force, or the armed forces, you’re in for an awakening.

Whenever you go off to your next plan of action, you’re going to find out that your high school experience placated you, and the world is a little more cold than you realized.  But don’t be sad!  Many of us have made it through, and you can too!

Here are a few things to get you an edge on real life, seeing that high school misrepresented it to you.

Solo Dolo: 9 Ways To Enjoy Prom By Yourself

May 1st, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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In my senior year of high school I had a best friend who was a guy, and we were inseparable.  His name was Tyler and we’re still pretty good friends now.  However, even though the friendship was strictly platonic, everyone always assumed that it was more.  So when my high school prom came around, Tyler was asked by a girl he liked, and I wasn’t going to stand in the way of that.

I had no such luck getting a date.  But, being a “glass half full” girl, I went by myself.  Later, the three guys I had crushes on told me that they didn’t ask me because they thought I was going with “that dude,” oh well.

In the end, I had a blast, and I’m going to give you the nine thoughts and spins on ideas for why going to prom solo isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

This is dedicated to any person who is still in high school, or if you know a person who is in high school and is feeling down because of they don’t have a date, point them in this direction.

Breaking Stereotypes: Illinois High School Students Get Suave In ‘Suit And Tie’ Video

April 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

If there’s anything that’s been made clear over the past two decades, it’s that there is a general perception of black men that’s not accurate. Hip Hop culture and pure ignorance has fueled the fire that pigeonholes many young men.

To defy these stereotypes 34 juniors and seniors from Illinois’ Central High School created a music video –of sorts– wearing their best slacks and button-ups. The gentlemen walk the halls of their school, shoot hoops and chat it up in the classroom all to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” record.

Best part: They’re all Honor Roll students, poets, future collegiate athletes and National Honor Society members.

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12 Signs You Went To Catholic School

March 17th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Going to catholic school is the equivalent of being a PK, that’s preacher’s kid. Everyone’s judging you because your parents could actually afford (or got a grant) to send you to an expensive school and they either assume you’re already bad as hell (remember the catholic school girls are freaks rumors?) or they’re watching for the first sign of you to mess up so they can say you ought to know better, being watched over by preacher’s and nuns all day. Sigh.

I personally wouldn’t go back to high school if you paid me too, but one thing I enjoy now as an adult is relishing in the fact that every kid across the globe who was taught by someone at a St. Martin de Porres, Mary Immaculate, Notre Dame high school can relate to these things. Here are 12 signs you went to Catholic school.

“Santa Is White”: Teacher Tells Black Student He Shouldn’t Have Come Dressed As Santa

December 16th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices 

A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, announced Friday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how, KOB-TV reported.

The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Michael Rougier said his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”

The teacher’s name was not released, and attempts by The Associated Press to reach school officials Saturday were unsuccessful.

Michael Rougier said the teacher’s comments enraged him.

“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”

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Nelson Mandela’s Family Releases Statement & Says “We Have Lost A Great Man…”

December 7th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Nelson Mandela’s family has released their first statement since the death of the world leader on Thursday.

In the statement, recited by family spokesman Lt. Gen. Temba Templeton Matanzima and released to the Associated Press, the family said, “The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us.”

The statement went on to read:

“We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst — a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly.”

It is easy to forget that while the world mourns a leader in change, the Mandela family lost their loved one.

While they continue to get through this time and South Africa prepares for a period of mourning, a decision has been made in New York City as to how they will honor Nelson Mandela.

According to the New York Daily News, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Friday that a new high school will open next September in honor of Mandela’s legacy.

The Nelson Mandela School of Social Justice will open on the campus of Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn as a tribute to the leader. BGHS was one of the first stops Mandela made on his first trip to New York after being released from prison.

Mayor Bloomberg said regarding the announcement:

“President Mandela once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Renaming the campus he visited shortly after his release from prison, will forever serve as a reminder that our mandate as public servants is to provide our children with the weapons they need for a successful future and help us build a city of inclusion.”

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott added: “Every time they enter and exit its doors, our students at this new school will be reminded of the values he personified.”

What a great tribute and it will not come as a big surprise if we see more schools around the world being named in honor of the great Nelson Mandela.

Serious Question: Does Anybody Care About High School Reunions Anymore?

October 23rd, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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On Friday, I will be stepping back into the time warp known as high school as I “celebrate” my 10-year reunion with a bunch of people I haven’t thought of much since May of 2003. Sounds fun, right?

Honestly, I wouldn’t even be making the trip, yes we’re talking a plane ticket here, if my cousin wasn’t getting married during the same weekend in the same city — and the couple of people I’m still friends with and talk to on a regular basis from high school weren’t pushing me to go. See I fall somewhere in the middle of camp I loved high school and camp I hated high school, but I have always stated that you couldn’t pay me enough money to relive those four years of education. College? Now that’s another story. But the fact that I would hardly consider high school the best time of my life is why I’m just a little bit less than enthused to participate in this weekend’s festivities — which at this point is only going to be a football game on Friday night.

As cliche as it sounds, we have Facebook now and the truth of the matter is the mystique of “I wonder what so and so has been up to all this time” is gone. A quick look at my page will tell you were I live, who I work for, and what I do darn near on a weekly basis and the same goes for seeing that Kathy, Jim, Terry, and Monique are now married, just had a baby, live in San Diego, or ain’t doing ish. In other words, I know what y’all are doing and therefore I have no burning desire to run up to you when I see you, arms wide spread with a smile on my face and ask, “so how life’s been in the last 10 years?” when I pretty much already know.

I’m sure at this point someone is wondering, why don’t you just stay your butt at home, and although that has become an increasingly plausible option, one of my closest friends has gotten me with the “I’m just going to be nosy” excuse, which, I must say, isn’t half bad. Social media really only tells so much — usually the good stuff — but seeing someone in person can reveal a whole other side you had no clue about. There’s also the possibility of someone unexpected/you forgot about/who doesn’t believe in social media showing up and making your attendance worthwhile. I’m crossing my fingers on that possibility.

Still, as I took a poll around the office about attending high school reunions, mostly everyone hit me with a look of WTF — as in, “why the f&*% would I go?” along with the implication of where dey do dat at? Hence my question now, how do you feel about high school reunions in this day and age? Are they still necessary? Would you go to yours or have you?

9 Ways the Office Is Just Like High School

July 8th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Box ShotsYou might have thought that cap and gown saved you from the horrors of high school, but the game was just beginning in those school hallways. Sorry to be a pessimist, but here’s a reality check: the workplace functions a lot like high school. Pantsuits and briefcases offer a thin mask over the old-school social games adults play with one another.

If you ruled the cafeteria, rest easy knowing that your social skills will not go to waste at your nine to five. If high school was a nightmare, consider this your opportunity to do it all over again on your terms.

Do any of these high school games ring true in your office?